Thursday, July 21, 2016

CBSE chief gets addl charge of 7th CPC implementation cell

CBSE chief Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi was today given the additional charge of chief of the implementation cell of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Chaturvedi will serve as Joint Secretary in the cell for three months or till appointment of a regular incumbent, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.

The implementation cell was set up by the Finance Ministry in November last year. As per the Ministry's order, the cell is to be headed by Joint Secretary with the help of nine other staff.

The Union Cabinet had last month accepted almost all the recommendations of the pay panel.

Chaturvedi, a 1987 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Source:http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/cbse-chief-gets-addl-charge-of-7th-cpc-implementation-cell-116072100708_1.html

POSTAL DEPT has also join in the Kabali fever-The hindu news



All aboard the fan flight, with a special cover to boot

The latest to join in the Kabali fever is the Department of Posts. For the first time, India Post is bringing out a “special carried cover” to mark the release of a movie. The “carried cover” will travel on the first special aircraft that will fly fans from Bengaluru to Chennai on July 22, the day of the film’s release. The Karnataka Postal Circle and the Chennai City Region of the department have joined hands with Air Asia for the initiative.

The special covers, which are usually described as philatelists’ delight, from the Postmaster-General, Bengaluru, will be addressed to the Postmaster-General of the Chennai City Region. They will bear the postmarks of the Bengaluru and Chennai airport post offices.

On the “carried cover” concept, Mervin Alexander, Postmaster-General, Chennai City Region, said, “Whenever, a new flight is launched, some special covers are also transported on it and they have their own philatelic value. The Air Asia aircraft is the first cine flight in the country flying exclusively between Bengaluru and Chennai to help fans watch the first day, first show. That makes the carried covers more memorable.”

He recalled that such special covers were released last year to commemorate the first journey of the Chennai Metro Rail between Koyambedu and Alandur. They were carried in the inaugural run of the metro rail. The limited edition of these covers carried on the special flight on July 22 will be subsequently available for sale at the Philatelic Bureau, Bengaluru GPO, and the Anna Road HPO, Chennai, he added.

Cine flight to take off from silicon city on Friday with India Post’s ‘special carried cover’

Read at   http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/all-aboard-the-fan-flight-with-a-special-cover-to-boot/article8872659.ece
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Engagement of retired personnel in Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence


File No.12(39)/2015/D(P/P)
Ministry of Defence
Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare
D(Pension/Policy)
Room No. 220A, ‘B’ Wing Sena Bhawan

New Delhi, dated 18th July, 2016

CIRCULAR

It is proposed to engage retired personnel at the level of Deputy Secretary(l), Section Officer(l) Assistant Section Officer[2). Private Secretary(l), Principle Private Secretary(l), Personal Assistant (1) and Multi Tasking Staff(6) as consultant on contract basis for a period of six months or till the tenure of the Judicial Committee which ever is earlier, for attachment with Judicial Committee on One Rank One Pension purely on temporary basis, as per guidelines for appointment of consultants issued vide Ministry of Defence I.D. Notc No. A-19020/2/12-GP-l dated 12-09-2012, amended from time to time. Officers retired from Ministry of Defence and having experience in Defence pensionary matters will be given preference.


2. Personnel engaged as consultants will he paid monthly remuneration of Rs 30,000/- in case of officers retired in the Grade pay or Rs 7600/-, Rs 25,000/- in case of officers retired in the Grade pay of Rs. 6600/-, Rs. 22,500/- in the case of officers retired in the Grade pay of Rs. 5400/-, Rs. 20,000/- in the case officers retired in the Grade pay of Rs. 4800/-, Rs. 17,500/- in the case of officers retired in the Grade pay of Rs. 4600/- and Rs 10,000/- in the case of person retired as Multi Tasking Staff.

3. Personnel who have retired at the level of DS, SO, ASO, PS/PPS and MTS having age not more than 65 years may furnish their application the Under Secretary, D(Pension/Policy), Room No. 220 A, “B’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi or e-mail at us-pen-pol@desw.gov.in by 25th July 2016. Application received after due date will not be entertained.

Encl: Application Form

sd/-
(Manoj Sinha)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Telerax NO. 011 2301 2973

Source:http://www.desw.gov.in/sites/upload_files/desw/files/pdf/Circuler.pdf
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tripura to move SC over order to pay higher DA to employees

Agartala, July 20 (IANS): The Tripura government will move the Supreme Court challenging the Tripura High Court verdict that it pay pending 42 per cent dearness allowance (DA) to its 209,000 employees and pension holders, a minister said on Wednesday.

After the latest four per cent release on July 14, the dearness allowance of Tripura government employees and pensioners rose to 83 per cent, while the central government employees are getting the allowance at 125 per cent.

The Tripura High Court recently directed the difference of 42 per cent be paid to the state employees and pensioners.

"We do not have sufficient funds to give the pending DA to the employees and pensioners. The state government would seek intervention of the Supreme Court against the Tripura High Court order to give pending DA," Tripura Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha told IANS.

He said: "If we give one more per cent of DA, the government would have to bear Rs 33 crore, and for 42 per cent, the state government requires Rs 1,386 crore annually -- which is very difficult for the state government."

On a writ petition of an employees' organisation, affiliated to opposition Congress, the Tripura High Court ordered the government to clear the pending DA dues to the government employees subject to availability of funds.

"If the state government clears the pending DA of the employees and pensioners, all developmental and repairing works would come to a halt. The central government has also sealed the maximum limit (3 per cent of GDP) of borrowing loan for carrying out development works up to Rs 1,570 crore," the minister said.

Saha said: "With regard to state government employees' payments, the state government had received Rs 500 crore less amount in last financial year (2015-16) from the Union government despite its obligations, and we apprehend that this financial year (2016-17), we may also get Rs 1,100 crore less funds from the central government."

"As per the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, the Centre has not yet provided the full gap grant fund leading to severe financial crunch of our state," the Finance Minister added.

Saha, who is also Information and Cultural Affairs Minister, said that execution of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission for state government employees would be considered after the central government takes a final decision on the issue.

Source:http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=405124
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Increase in Lower Berth For Senior Citizen Quota

The combined quota earmarked for Senior Citizens; Female passenger 45 years of age and above and Pregnant women in Sleeper, AC-3 tier and 2A classes has been enhanced by 50% and now this quota is six lower berths per coach in Sleeper class and three lower berths per coach in AC 3 tier and AC 2 tier classes. In case of Rajdhani, Duronto and fully Air Conditioned/Express trains, the number of lower berths to be earmarked under this quota in 3 AC class are four per coach as against 3 in normal Mail/Express trains.

This Press Release is based on information given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications and Minister of State for Railways in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 20.07.2016 (Wednesday).

Source: http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0







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Revision of Civil Services recruitment system

An Expert Committee has been constituted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) under the chairmanship of Shri B. S. Baswan to comprehensively examine the various issues, raised from time to time regarding the Civil Service Examination, with respect to the eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of the Examination vide notice dated 12.8.2015. The committee has been given extension of time till August 2016 to submit its report.

Imparting training to the officers is a continuous process. The course content of the training is modified regularly as per the requirement.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ajay Nishad in the Lok Sabha today.

Source: http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

Reservation for SC/ST and OBC

Article 16(4) of the Constitution enables provision of reservation to Backward Class of citizens, who are not adequately represented in the State. Reservation is provided to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) through executive instructions issued from time to time, which has force of law, as held by the Supreme Court in Indira Sawhney case.

As per extant instructions, reservation is provided to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes at the rate of 15%, 7.5% and 27%, respectively, in case of direct recruitment on all-India basis by open competition. In case of direct recruitment on all-India basis otherwise than by open competition, the percentage fixed is 16.66%, 7.5% and 25.84%, respectively.

As per information received from 71 Ministries/Departments, the representation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the posts and services under the Central Government as on 01.01.2014 is 17.35%, 8.38% and 19.28%, respectively.

While the representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is as per the prescribed percentage, the representation of Other Backward Classes is less than the prescribed percentage due to the following reasons:-

(i) Reservation for Other Backward Classes started only from the year 1993.

(ii) OBC candidates who are appointed upto 1993, that is before introduction of reservation for OBCs, are not included for counting their representation;

(iii) There is generally a time gap between occurrence of vacancies and filling up such vacancies, as recruitment is a time consuming process.

Based on recommendations of a Committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, time bound action plan for filling up backlog reserved vacancies has been intimated to all concerned Departments/Ministries on 20.11.2014 for filling up such vacancies by August 2016. The Action Plan includes study of reasons for non-filling of backlog reserved vacancies, review of prescribed standards, if required; conducting Special Recruitment Drive and conducting pre-recruitment training programmes.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Laxmi Narayan Yadav and Shri Harishchandra Chavan in the Lok Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0

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Monday, July 18, 2016

7th Pay Commission latest news: Central Government employees may get HRA hike ranging between 106 to 122 per cent

The 7th Pay Commission headed by retired Justice A K Mathur and his panel had proposed huge increase in HRA of more than 47 lakh employees working under the payroll of central government.

New Delhi, July 18: Narendra Modi government is now considering to hike House Rent Allowance (HRA) of Central Government employees after implementing recommendations made by 7th Pay Commission. The Centre is likely to hike HRA ranging between 106 per cent to 122 per cent. This will make the HRA more than double.

The 7CPC headed by retired Justice A K Mathur and his panel had proposed huge increase in HRA of more than 47 lakh employees working under the payroll of central government. Mathur and his panel had recommended to hike HRA more than double, with the increases ranging between 106 per cent and 122 per cent.

According to reports, the government is likely to implement soon the new pay structure for central government employees excluding allowances, the compensatory perks for all employees. In next four months a high-level committee constituted by the Cabinet will examine the recommendations made by 7CPC on HRA, transport allowance.

According to a source quoted by The Sen Times, said, “The Finance Secretary committee will have carefully weigh the risk of doing to raise the allowances of the central government employees against the risk of economy can afford.

 Accordingly, they will go for ditto, the 7th pay commission recommendations for allowances, however, it could be a slight change, but not overall”.

The committee will also consider the demand made by central government Employees Union leaders to increase minimum wage from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. The implementation of 7CPC was done six months after Justice Mathur and his team submitted its findings and it will positively impact a total of 47 lakh employees currently working under central government and 53 lakh pensioners.

Meanwhile on Sunday there were reports that the much awaited hiked salary of central government employees will be credited to their official salary account by August 1, 2016.

Read at  http://www.india.com/news/india/7th-pay-commission-latest-news-central-government-employees-may-get-hra-hike-ranging-between-106-to-122-per-cent-1340754/

Secretary Staff Side, NC/JCM’s writes to Cabinet Secretary reg. revision of pension

National Council (Staff Side)
Joint Consultative Machinery
For Central Government Employees
13-C, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001
No.NC/JCM/2016
Dated: July 16,2016

Hon’ble Finance Minister,
Ministry of Finance
(Govt of India )
North Block
New Delhi

Respected Sir,

Sub: Revision of Pension

This issue of acceptance of Option-I (or) II was discussed with your good self at the residence of Hon’ble Home Minister (Government of India), Wherein Hon’ble Minister for Railways and Hon’ble MOSR were present, by the Staff Side National Council (JCM). You had categorically agreed on our demand that, no dilution would be made in the options given to the Pensioners by the VII CPC. It is unfortunate that, a rider, “subject to feasibility”, has been imposed in Option-I.

Sir, this is very unfair and we will appreciate if you kindly get the sentence “subject to feasibility” removed from that para to keep your promise also. It should be left to the Pensioners that whatsoever option they want to choose, they should be allowed to Opt. The argument of non-availability of record is misleading and should not be given any cognizance because PPOs of the Pensioners are the base record and is available with the organizations concerned.

We earnestly seek your urgent intervention in this regard to avoid unnecessary hardship to millions of Pensioners.

With Kind Regards!

Sincerely yours,

(SHIVA GOPAL MISHRA)
Secretary(Staff Side)

Source: http://ncjcmstaffside.com

Sunday, July 17, 2016

90 days paid leave for central government employees who are victims of sexual harassment

The move assumes significance as there have been complaints of accused trying to influence or threaten victims of sexual harassment in a few cases

 Women central government employees who have filed complaints of sexual harassment can now get a paid leave of three months during the pendency of inquiry, the government has said.

The leave will be in addition to those already given to central government employees.

The move assumes significance as there have been complaints of accused trying to influence or threaten victims of sexual harassment in a few cases.

Leave up to a maximum of 90 days may be granted to an aggrieved female government servant during the pendency of inquiry, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

"The leave so granted to the aggrieved woman under this rule shall not be debited against the leave account," it said.

This provision has been framed under the 'Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013--a legislation mandated to provide protection to women against sexual harassment at work place.

Though the Act has the provision for grant of leave to the aggrieved woman up to a period of three months, the Union government had not yet incorporated it in the service rules that govern leave of its employees. The DoPT has now incorporated this provision in the Central Civil Services (leave) Rules, 1972.

"It will come as a relief to the victims who undergo a lot of trauma while working in the office that too in the presence of the accused," a senior DoPT official said.

Sexual harassment includes physical contact and advances, demand or request for sexual favours, sexually coloured remarks, showing any pornography and any other unwelcome physical, verbal and non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature.

Besides, implied or explicit promise of preferential or detrimental treatment in employment; implied or explicit threat about her present or future employment status; interference with her work, creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile work environment for her; and humiliating treatment likely to affect her health or safety may also amount to sexual harassment.

Read at http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/90-days-paid-leave-central-government-employees-who-are-victims-sexual-harassment-46647